First Division - Day 2

Barcelona 1 - Racing Santander 1

Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Daniel Alves, Puyol (Bojan 82'), Piqué, Abidal; Sergio Busquets, Xavi, Keita (Messi 59'); Pedro, Etoo, Hleb (Iniesta 39'). 4-3-3.
Racing: Toño; Pinillos, Garay, Marcano, Christian Fernández; Valera, Lacen, Colsa, Oscar Serrano (Gonçalves 65'); Tchité (Jonathan Pereira 54'), Munitis (Luccin 90'). 4-4-2.

Team changes: Barcelona: Piqué, Sergio Busquets, Keita, Pedro, Hleb for Márquez, Touré Yayá, Iniesta, Messi, Henry / Racing: Valera, Tchité for Jorge López, Jonathan Pereira.

1-0. 71. Messi (penalty). After Christian cut out Alves cross with his upper arm.
1-1. 76. Jonathan Pereira. Stuck out foot to deflect Garay free kick past Valdés.

Barcelona's poor start to the season continued, and they only have one point from their opening two games after a 1-1 draw with Racing Santander in the Nou Camp. Coach Pep Guardiola revolutionized the side, leaving Henry in the stands and Messi and Iniesta on the bench, including youngsters Sergio Busquets and Pedro in his starting line up. But despite dominating for much of the match, they couldn't find the route to goal, Toño keeping out the only chances they created via Pedro and Keita.

Dani Alves hit the bar after the restart, Iniesta had a penalty claim turned down, and Toño was proving to be the man of the match with top class saves from Pedro and Eto'o. It took a penalty to finally beat the keeper, substitute Messi converting the kick after referee Ramírez Domínguez ruled that Christian Fernández had cut out an Alves cross with his upper arm. Just five minutes later though Jonathan Pereira deflected a Garay free kick past Valdés to equalise, and there were protests from local fans at the end of the match. No wonder after their worst start in 35 years!